Trump bans transgender individuals from military

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His decision was announced with such haste that the White House could not answer basic inquiries on about how it would be carried out.

“The only thing — only thing — that matters when it comes to allowing military personnel to serve is whether or not they can handle the job,” Senator Elizabeth Warren tweeted just before 8 a.m.

Warren: Trump cares ‘more about extreme ideology than military readiness’

Meanwhile, Ed Markey called transgender service members “dedicated patriots” and said, “We welcome their service & honor their love of country.”

A marcher with their fingernails painted in the pink and blue transgender community colors at the Los Angeles Gay Pride Resist March last month in Hollywood, California.

Democrats slam Trump’s transgender ban; GOP caught by surprise

Only one Republican lawmaker offered early support for the policy change on social media Wednesday.


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Donald Trump’s decision to jump the gun on that policy announcement had opponents steaming and D.C. insiders scratching their heads.

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 26: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) walks to his office on July 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. The U.S. Senate will continue debate on the Better Care Reconciliation Act. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Newest GOP effort to repeal Obamacare is rejected in Senate

The GOP-run Senate has rejected a proposal to scuttle Obamacare and give Congress two years to devise a replacement.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has, for months, negotiated the Republican’s health care replacement plan behind closed doors.

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Governor Charlie Baker’s plan to curb the state’s rising health care costs was rejected by lawmakers again Wednesday.

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Lawmakers again reject Baker’s plan to rein in health care costs

The governor could accept or veto their decision. It was not immediately clear how he would respond.

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Beth Lindstrom has held conversations with top state Republicans about the prospect of seeking the party nomination to run against Elizabeth Warren.

President Donald Trump shook hands with Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, at the White House in April.

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“It was a very interesting statement. I feel the same way,” Trump told the Wall Street Journal about a recent conversation he had with the Patriots owner.

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Trump launches new attacks on Sessions

WASHINGTON — President Trump renewed his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday, questioning on Twitter why the top US law enforcement official had not replaced the acting FBI director — a move that Trump himself has the authority to do.

Trump tweet takes aim at Alaska senator over health vote

President Trump said Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska “really let the Republicans, and our country, down yesterday. Too bad!”

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